By Dorothy Atkins (January 14, 2022, 5:40 PM EST) — Chinese steel companies on Friday urged a California federal judge to dismiss criminal espionage charges for stealing DuPont’s trade secrets for creating titanium dioxide after the Ninth Circuit declined to dismiss the allegations, arguing that the companies are protected by the doctrine of sovereign immunity and never waived their defense.
At a hearing on a motion to dismiss held via Zoom, Robert P. Feldman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, who represents Pangang Group Co. Ltd. and its related entities, challenged federal prosecutors’ arguments that the companies had waived their common law defense of sovereign immunity.
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